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Unpacking the social and financial costs of SA’s energy plan

As the country braces itself for the National Treasury’s Medium-Term Budget, the Southern African Faith Communities’ Environment Institute (SAFCEI) joins other NGOs, faith leaders and citizens from around the country to present its comments on the draft Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) 2018 proposed by the Department of Energy (DOE). In recent years, the IRP has been at the centre of the country’s #StateCapture woes – since it was manipulated to force nuclear unnecessarily into South Africa’s energy mix – resulting in an unlawful nuclear deal that could have completely tanked the country’s budget (and which contributed largely to South Africa’s downgrade to junk status).

SAFCEI’s Eco-Justice Lead, Liz McDaid says that while the current proposed IRP is a major improvement from previous draft versions, it still needs to some improvements, particularly since the plan still includes new coal, and the possibility of nuclear later on.

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